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Will Barcelona Have to Sell Euro 2020 Stars?

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Spain was not fancied at Euro 2020, but they went to the semi-finals despite their billing as outsiders.

Only a missed penalty kick cost them a place opposite England in the final, but as the dust settled and players returned to their clubs, the nation was braced for a bigger problem: is one of their two biggest clubs on the brink of collapse?

NBC reports that the La Liga giants will have to reduce wages by around 40% this season, putting them in a complicated position. Lionel Messi’s contract has expired, and they are not able to offer him a new one. After 672 goals in 778 appearances for Blaugrana he appears to be on his way out of the club. With the debt problem rising, he might not be the only one.

Several Barcelona stars impressed at Euro 2020, and there might now have to be a fire sale of some of those stars. Already, manager Ronald Koeman has added Sergio Agüero, Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal. The most recent of those additions, the former Manchester United man Depay, cannot currently be registered due to the financial situation the club is in. The likes of Agüero, thought to be earning $317,000 per week, have no resale value and seem indicative of the club’s problems. Between them, the four new signings are thought to command wages of more than $800,000 per week, proving that lessons are not being learned.

Instead, the club relies on the sale of players such as Neto ($89,000 per week) and Miralem Pjanic ($289,000 per week). They have already moved on Junior and dismissed Matheus for poor performance, which could yet end up seeing them sued. They are also keen on shifting big earners such as Samuel Umtiti ($286,000 per week) and Phillipe Coutinho ($201,000 per week) from the wage bill. Whilst that might seem a sound plan, moving players on in bulk is not an easy thing to do. An infographic on rebuilding a football dynasty by Bwin, shows that the Barcelona side has been undergoing a steady rebuild for the last seven years. Still, they’re no closer to finding a golden generation as they did with Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol and of course, Messi. The current high turnover will do little to help them achieve success.

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They do have saleable assets though, courtesy of Euro 2020. One of those is forward Martin Braithwaite. His career trajectory is an odd one – two years ago, he couldn’t get into the Middlesbrough team in England’s second-tier, but this month he helped Denmark to the Euro 2020 semi-finals. He will be sure to attract suitors, especially as he is likely to come at a knockdown fee and won’t command megastar wages.

Barcelona and Real Madrid’s influence on the team has been minimal in terms of the Spanish national team. There were no Madrid players in the Euro 2020 squad, but we did see Pedri and Jordi Alba impressing for Spain. Neither is expected to leave the club, but both would free up money. Alba is on around $206,000 per week and combined with the wages of Coutinho and Umtiti, which is around $486,000 per week, it would make a severe dent in the wage cap. It probably is not enough: some reports suggesting they need a $230m saving. Pedri’s value is not in the wage saving; instead, he could generate a considerable transfer fee after becoming the youngest player ever to represent Spain at the finals of the European Championships.

The other big name who could well be on the move is Antoine Griezmann, part of a disappointing France team at the European Championships. He scored for Les Bleus in the group stages, but with Agüero and Depay arriving, his first-team chances may be limited at the Nou Camp. With 22 goals in 71 La Liga appearances, he has barely justified his $142m transfer fee, nor his eye-watering wages thought to be $475,000 per week.

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The future is certainly not clear for the Catalan giants. At Euro 2020, Spain’s young guns outperformed expectation and raised hope for the future, but the most prominent club side in the country are not so fortunate. Barcelona has not finished outside the top three in La Liga since 2003, but a fire sale might mean they are playing catch up on better run clubs if the situation is not resolved.

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11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting

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Martim Marques, who also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal this year, reached the final of his race in 11th position on the grid.

Portuguese driver Martim Marques, 11, won the Rotax World Karting Final this weekend at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.

Martim Marques, who this year also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal, started in the final of his race in 11th place on the grid among 35 drivers.

“It has been a fantastic year for the Portuguese riders and what Martim has achieved today is remarkable and deserves all the recognition. Congratulations to Portuguese karting, as well as to all those who help and support the career of Martim and all other pilots,” the president said. Portuguese Automobile and Karting Federation (FPAK), Ni Amorim.

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Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children’s literature – Observer

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Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children's literature – Observer

The publication of children’s books about gender identity in Portugal is still rare because the topic has not yet been standardized in public discourse, researcher Emanuel Madalena, who dedicated his doctoral dissertation to Luce, told the agency.

Emanuel Madalena, collaborating researcher at the Center for Languages, Literature and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, wrote a doctoral thesis on the presence of the topic of gender identity, in particular about transgender people, in children’s literaturewhich he later adapted into a book called “Challenge to Gender”, which will be presented in Lisbon this Saturday.

For the investigation, Emanuel Madalena reviewed a pre- and initial reading edition of books published between 2000 and 2019, bringing together 38 works edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Of the books analyzed in the dissertation, there are two that deserve attention for their quality, noted by Emanuel Madalena, and which are published in Portugal: “O Jaime é uma sereia” by Jessica Love (Fábula), “which is in the process of canonization” by readers and ” Thiago’s Dresses” by Joana Estrela in her own edition.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Emanuel Madalena argues that picture books for children about gender identity, and transgender people in particular, are “very important in providing information about identity to these children and informing people in general about this issue.”

In his book, published by the cultural cooperative Outro Modo, Emanuel Madalena writes that “children’s literature on transgender topics is important not only for transgender children, but for all children and for society as a whole” because it can foster “attitudes of acceptance and integration of differences.

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The researcher does not have a clear answer why there are no more books on this topic in Portugal.

It’s not that the Portuguese publishing scene is far ahead in terms of trends – it isn’t – but maybe it’s a bit on the side of authors. The public discourse on these topics in Portugal itself needs more discussion, information, but it is enough for one of these players to want it, the editor has a strong desire to publish it or the author created it for something to happen, ”he believes. .

In the course of the investigation, Emanuel Madalena read some of these books to children and met with no resistance.

“This is a completely adult problem. (…) This is an essential question of a dual addressee: the book should be liked by both children and adults, and it is they who choose it, especially for early childhood,” he said.

The researcher believes that it is through independent publishers or those with greater creative and editorial freedom that more titles on these topics can be published.

“The independent publication is the firmest first step towards the centripetal path of legitimizing the transgender theme, from the fringe of the literary subsystem of children’s literature to its commercial center,” he wrote.

Emanuel Madalena believes that by reflecting changes in society, entering into public discourse, “emerging, controversial and sensitive topics end up being not so”, even if there may be moments of discomfort on the part of some readers.

“Like, for example, the topic of divorce, which was once divisive in children’s literature and is no longer so. It even seems ridiculous to think that talking about it with children is taboo,” he recalls.

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Given that “books for children with transgender themes are still in their early stages”, Emanuel Madalena explains in the book that much of the literary output is still geared towards cognitive-pedagogical aspect, legitimation, and not in the game phase for younger readers.

Emanuel Madalena, PhD in Literature, MA in Editorial Studies and Education, hopes his work will contribute to “gender studies and the movement to include and make gender diversity visible in academic research.”

“Chalking Gender – Transgender in Children’s Literature” will be presented this Saturday at the Snob bookstore in Lisbon by André Tesedeiro and in the presence of the author.

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OFFICIAL: BALCONIES ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT WITH ADVANCED PORTUGUESE; SPORT WITH PEARLS IN HAND

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OFFICIAL: BALCONIES ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT WITH ADVANCED PORTUGUESE;  SPORT WITH PEARLS IN HAND

Official: Mikael Sagna has signed a professional contract with Sporting. The 16-year-old striker, who moved to Alvalade in the 2019/2020 season, was pleased with the new career step.


“Signing a professional contract was my goal”

“I’m happy. Signing a professional contract was my goal and it shows that I’m doing a good job. So now it’s time to move on to achieve new goals,” he told the lion’s media.

“Sporting believes in us”

The athlete plays for the junior team of lions and is very grateful to Sporting for everything that the club has given him: Sporting believes in us, believes in our potential and therefore puts us at a higher level for growth and development. It was good, I grew up.”

Sporting believe in the youngest

“The problems are getting bigger, but I was able to deal with them. In addition, the master [Pedro Coelho] this helped me a lot. Sporting believe in the youngest, bet on them, and I also believe that with my work I can get there,” he repeated, making a promise to the green and white fans: “I will continue to give everything for Sporting, he finished.

This season Mikael Sagna has scored two goals in 13 games for the youth team and four goals in four games for the youth team.

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